South Coconut Grove, also known as West Coconut Grove, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, being established in 1825. Today, this bayside community is a thriving neighborhood of large single-family homes, heavily tree-filled yards, tree-lined streets, and home to the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens and the Merrie Christmas Park. There are several pet supply stores in the northern section of town. As one of the oldest parts of the city, many of the streets are lacking in sidewalks for you to walk along. South Coconut Grove is also home to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Historic Home, a cottage built in 1926 and now listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The climate here is perfect for walking your pup in the winter with temperatures in the 60s. However, when summer comes along with temperatures in the 90s, you should go out early in the morning before the paved surfaces have time to heat up.
The terrain in South Coconut Grove is flat and suburban. The streets are narrow and lack sidewalks. Since you must use them to take a walk, you should wear light-colored or reflective clothing all year round. This will help motorists to see you both when it is dark and in the shade created by the trees lining the roads.
The best way to make use of ground like this is to check out a street map of the area and try choosing your route in advance. The more routes you create, the more exciting your walks will be. Remember, if the street is too hot for you to hold the back of your hand against for at least ten seconds, it is too hot for pups to walk on! The only thing protecting their paws from the heat are the paw pads, and when the pavement is too hot for you to touch, it can severely burn these paws.
South Coconut Grove is home to three public parks and the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden. Kampong is a nine-acre park built on the site where the estate of Dr. David Fairchild - a noted botanist and explorer - once stood. The park is open from Wednesday through Saturday and offers a magical area filled with exotic plants for you to walk through.
If you are looking for a park to play in, try the Merrie Christmas Park at SW 42nd Ave. and Barbarossa Ave. The park is rich in lush vegetation and has one of the few slopes to be found in the area.
Right at the southern tip of the community on the water is Ingraham Park, a nice small park with walking paths and plenty of grass. Dogs are always welcome here and you have a spectacular view of the canal while sitting under the shade trees.